A random babbling on creative spirits-

Random babbling on the creative spirit~painting, sewing, baking, boys, an irresistable God and the next 200 feet~

Friday, July 29, 2011

Musings on the coming of the second book~

As I anxiously anticipate the release of Encaustic Mixed Media next week, and  still digest and assimilate all that EncaustiCamp 2011 was and is, I feel compelled to revisit and edit the opening thoughts that you'll find in EMM. Thoughts to all the creatives out there-oh wait! That's all the world :)

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. Latin proverb
You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind. Anonymous

I know this first hand; creativity takes courage. I almost let go of my creative calling; willfully thinking I needed to bury it to the call of the make-a-living world. Slowly I began to watch it die as financial health, societal expectations and ladder-climbing issues snuck in to fill the loss. Alas it would not die a dignified death.  With courage then unknown, I re-embraced this part of me with an irrevocable bear hug as the last glimmer of its spark nearly ran out!

Thank God circumstances took me down this different road and allowed me the courage and veracity to grab hold of my creative will with both hands and even at times, grip it viciously between gritted teeth~

Never letting go again, I am!

Creativity is the juice of the soul that keeps each and every one of us walking upright and inspired for another day. It is the conduit through which God keeps our hearts, minds and souls tuned in to all the power and glory this world has to offer. It is not just in those who title themselves, ‘artist’, ‘author’, ‘designer’ or ‘chef’. It is there for everyone; the mechanic, the engineer, the banker, caregiver, salesman and pizza deliverer. No one is exempt from this creative power in their life because it is an element of human existence in each of us. So take hold of your bit of it. Grab with both hands the dose allotted to you and make a difference in the world. Experience it and pass it on.

And, if your ‘creative’ is in the arts-in this passion for encaustic in particular- then thank you with a double dose! You and I share a link in this creative passion and I hope that, simply by indulging in the portion that is your call you have fed me, that I will be graced the opportunity to feed you well: A bountiful feast~In love. trish

my last sharing on ECamp! I promise :)

So much good stuff and so much to share! I can't seem to stop :) This is the last...maybe! as I compose my own thoughts and will get them here in the days to come~


Monday, July 25, 2011

A sharing blog :)

visit and enjoy! Just one of many posts on EncaustiCamp 2011 out there and how much fun we had :)
in love. trish
Crystal Neubauer

Sunday, July 17, 2011

day three in its entirety!

Wow. I find myself, in the early hours of the morning after, busying my mind with 'to do's' of morning forward; unable to stop and look at, or feel, the emotions that are dancing around my brain. If I were to let them in just yes, in this oh so grateful, overwhelmed, serious lack of sleep body, the other instructors would find me prostrate, a pile of weeping goo on my dorm room floor for the sheer gratitude and thanks.
EncaustiCamp was amazing. Exceedingly and abundantly. I am here.
in love. trish

Friday, July 15, 2011

EncaustiCamp day 2 winds down!

encausticamp day 2 begins!

Day two begins:
Almost 5 hours of sleep. A wonderfully satisfying Q&A last night and a look at participants work so far had shut-eye hard in coming!
But it’s good.
There’s no other way to be.
At this moment, in this morning, this is just the place I need to be.
And I am-thank you God.

Day 1 concludes:
No tripped breakers; wow.
No allergic reactions to food; hallelujah.
No one lost anymore (welcome Anna and Roxanne!); whew.
All workshops closing out with ‘I don’t want to go yet’ comments; wonderful!

The level of expertise and professionalism in the instructors is almost too much to fathom in its wonderfulness 
The depth of eager comprehension, unique talent and genuine gratitude from participants is not to be out measured!
The deliciousness of the food prepared from local sourced berries, handmade bread and custom created courses-with recipes provided for those desiring them-is a bonus and takes the retreat up a notch in comfort, delight and indulgence.
The peaceful atmosphere, serene landscape and beautiful grounds of the campus offer the encaustic-overwhelmed minds a necessary pause in the indulgence-rejuvenating the spirit to pick up the weary body and go get some more~
(And for those able to wander a bit, a treasure trove of inspiration is hidden in the flora and fauna behind the shop - wonderful photographic opportunities at each step!)

Evening 2 anticipated:
Dinner in the quad with the birds splashing in the fountain in the background.
Instructors vending their individual wares that make their craft unique.
Participants indulging in the inspiration of others to continue the flow which we are all here to take our part in.
And rest!
Sleep. Ah.
To being able to shut down for another all too quick refueling.
And awaken to one more glorious day of connecting and sharing and indulging.
Yes, lots and lots of indulging!
It’s just that good.
Another day of being right here, in this moment, just where I need to be.
With just what I have at this time.
To overflow! In love. trish